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Exercise Doesn't Mean Increased Hunger


Worried your workout will boost your appetite and lead you to binge at mealtimes? A recent study suggests otherwise. British exercise scientists pooled data from 17 studies on a total of 192 healthy men without diabetes, whose average age was 22. They found that about an hour of moderate to intense aerobic exercise, such as biking and running, curbed hunger for hours after the workout. Compared with inactive people, exercisers actually had lower levels of ghrelin, a hormone that triggers appetite. But the best real-world result: A full 85 percent of participants chose not to overindulge at a buffet hours after the gym. Conclusion: You likely won’t eat more after your workout.
Source: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, June 2017

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